| Dec 22, 2011
It's become a tradition at the L.A. Times Food section: Every year, we run a holiday essay by a noted Southern California writer reflecting the unique nature of the way we celebrate the season. This year's is by Janet Fitch, whose novels include the best-...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 10:30 AM
Worried you won't be able to savor the Escoffier-inspired food of "1906 Paris" at Grant Achatz's Next restaurant? Take a deep breath: You can now turn to the long-dead French chef for direction as John Wiley & Sons issues a new edition of the classic...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 4:10 PM
I have too many cookbooks. My four Ikea bookcases are stuffed, with books piled on top of them. More books are stacked on my coffee tables and on the floor. What am I to do?
That's why a San Francisco Chronicle story by Amanda Gold called "Recipe for...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 5:01 AM
Baltimore Taphouse in Canton looks just fine when you walk in. It's a long, narrow hall, with plenty of beer on tap and a pool table at the back.
But the first sign that you might be in better hands than you thought is found above the cash register....
| Jul 14, 2011
| 4:10 PM
It was mid-June, and we were awash in the seasonal gloom when a box arrived at the editorial offices of the Coastline Pilot. Inside the box, nestled in brown and gold packing material, was an 18-karat gold wiener.
It also happened to be the week that...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 4:07 PM
It’s a long way from Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck outside London, to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., at least in miles, even via plane. But it’s not far at all if you travel conceptually, via lines of food...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 6:02 PM
We started the garden on a whim. We dug up the grass, bought chicken wire to keep out the gophers, erected a small fence to keep out the wild rabbits, then bought fertilizer, water and seeds.
The plants came up willy-nilly, in no particular order. First,...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 8:55 AM
There are plenty of ways to get kids to try new foods.
Hide the broccoli in the brownies. Make muffins out of zucchini. Promise a trip to the toy store for a forkful of salad.
Or you could do what the Days of Taste Program does: Take them to the farm so...
| May 19, 2011
Wine, woods, and weather that sounds like it should be just wonderful.
With all that to offer, organizers of this weekend's Wine in the Woods festival wonder why anyone would opt to hang out with a bunch of horses and a centaur named Kegasus when they're...
| Dec 17, 2011
| 7:21 PM
With her first book on stitchery, needlework instructor Erica Wilson revived a craft and helped invent a publishing category.
Her 1962 hardcover book, "Crewel Embroidery," both popularized the pursuit and helped transform her into "America's first lady...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 2:36 PM
There's more cooking at Westwood Unique Furnishings & Antiques than meets the eye. Wander past the antique chests and art deco lamps to the back of the shop, and customers might be surprised to see a large kitchen fully stocked with pots and pans and...